SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame receiver Will Mahone is facing felony charges of assault on a police officer, intimidation of a public servant and vandalism after being arrested in his Ohio hometown.
Mahone appeared before an Austintown judge on Monday to face the three felony charges as well as misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct for an incident Saturday night in Austintown, about 70 miles southeast of Cleveland. A court spokeswoman said Mahone entered not guilty pleas on the misdemeanor charges, but the court doesn't accept an initial plea on the felony charges.
Judge David D'Apolito set bond for Mahone at $75,000 and scheduled a pretrial hearing for July 11. Mahone remained in the Mahoning County Jail on Monday evening. His lawyer, James Gentile, declined comment when reached by The Associated Press.
Coach Brian Kelly suspended Mahone indefinitely from all football-related activities, team spokesman Michael Bertsch said.
Mahone, who started his career at Notre Dame as a running back, didn't play as a freshman and was a slot receiver in two games last season but didn't have a catch or carry. Mahone had surgery for a fracture to his right foot on March 6.
According to the Austintown Police Department report, police responding to reports of a fight shortly about 10:20 p.m. Saturday found Mahone punching and head butting vehicles and trying to fight several people. When officers confronted the 20-year-old Mahone he was being held back by another male and police say he appeared highly intoxicated.
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